Jack Campbell

Jack Austin Campbell Jan. 18, 1924 ~ Dec. 15, 2012 Resident of Orinda Jack Austin Campbell passed away Saturday morning the 15th of December, 2012 at the age of 88. He was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the son of Angus Leroy and Rachel (Totten) Campbell. His parents and brother, Gene, preceded him in death. Jack grew up during the difficult depression years in Oklahoma and Kansas where his father was a cowboy, oil field worker/farmer. His mother instilled high standards and morals in the three children as the family struggled through hard times. He was very proud of his Scottish and Cherokee American Indian heritage. In 1942, following graduation from high school in Gorham, Kansas, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. During WWII he served with the Tank Corp 3rd Armored Division, as well as the 3164th Signal Service Company in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater on Guam. In 1946, after his tour of duty he returned to continue his education , graduating from the University of Kansas, in 1949 with a degree in Business. During his college years he had enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program and was honorably discharged from the Air Force Reserves as a 1st Lieutenant. Jack relocated to Colorado and earned his MBA at the University of Denver in 1951. He joined the IBM Corporation in 1952 where he began his 35 year career as a Marketing Executive. The IBM years took him to White Plains, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Upon retirement Jack was an active volunteer, serving as Coordinator of the Orinda SeniorNet Center. It was his passion. He truly enjoyed working with the hundreds of seniors who were students and the exceptional volunteer instructors. He had made many dear friends, so it was a sad day when his failing health necessitated closing the SeniorNet Center in 2002. Jack was an avid sport fan (especially football). Loved to travel, particularly cruising. He also enjoyed playing poker with his 'Poker Pals' from the LAMORINDA SIR BRANCH #171. He was a member of the VFW Post#8063, the American Legion-Lafayette #517 and MOAA-CCC. Jack leaves, to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 40 years, Regina. He is also survived by his two sons, Craig (Susan) of Sonora and Mark of Cambria, and his two daughters, Jo Melis (John) of Seal Beach and Carol Morgan of Pasadena, as well as Regina's daughter Kara Brant (David) of Thousand Oaks. Jack's sister, Christina Campbell Cline of Wichita, Kansas survives, as well as nine grandchildren and three great granddaughters. The family would like to thank the staff at The John Muir Medical Centers, Fresenius and Manor Care for their kindness and special attention during Jack's illnesses in his last years. Honoring Jack's request, there will be no services. His ashes will be interred at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, California. Remembrances in his honor may be made to Hospice of the East Bay, St Jude Children's Research Hospital, or . He was admired and respected for his perseverance and fortitude. A Generous and loving man. Jack will be remembered & dearly missed. Rest In Peace. We love you.

Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 5, 2013